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Journalism Concentration

Production night in the Reflector newsroom in Esch Hall  

UIndy's award-winning journalism program prepares you to enter the evolving field of mass media and mass communication. The program fosters professional and academic growth through applied experiences in the profession. Reporting, writing and production skills lead you to adaptive careers in a field that’s constantly changing. Due to the practical experience of working for The Reflector, UIndy's student-run online and print newspaper, recruitment editors from such media giants as the New York Times and Cox Media Group have said UIndy journalism students are well prepared for entry-level management positions. 

Program strengths

  • Prepares you for engaging careers in mass media
  • Provides experience in reporting, writing, editing, photography and layout/design 
  • Helps you develop strong interviewing skills
  • Applied learning course builds aptitude in design software, including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator

A curriculum for tomorrow's journalist

We know that to thrive in the journalism profession, you need to be able to juggle traditional newsgathering and writing skills with the digital media skills necessary for the mobile world. Our curriculum reflects these necessities and gives you the confidence to produce compelling content that will stand out to editors and managers.

Here are some indispensable journalism skills and knowledge you'll receive at UIndy:

  • Prioritizing and structuring information in your writing
  • Writing with accuracy, clarity and brevity
  • Mastering investigative reporting and interviewing techniques
  • Producing web-specific content
  • Communicating data through simple and informative visuals
  • Understanding journalism legal practices
  • Understanding newspaper and online content distribution (1,400 copies of The Reflector are printed each issue)

Applied Learning - The Reflector

In the applied journalism course, students write and manage The Reflector, UIndy’s online and print newspaper. In staff positions, you will be exposed to all facets of newspaper production.

The Reflector and The Reflector Online:

  • Have won state, regional and national awards
  • Operate without censorship
  • Are published biweekly throughout the academic year
  • Prepare students for engaging careers in mass media
  • Provide experience in reporting, writing, editing, photography and page layout/design

Potential careers in journalism

  • News writer/reporter/editor
  • Copywriter
  • Digital media producer
  • Magazine writer/editor
  • Communications coordinator
  • Grant writer

Journalism might be for you if:

  • You enjoy keeping up on the news
  • You are interested in free speech and the public's "right to know"
  • You want to improve your writing skills
  • You enjoy investigation and conducting research

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the classes you'll need to take as a communication major with a concentration in journalism. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy's general education requirements, while the communication curriculum guide lists the classes needed for the communication core and your concentration area. You'll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you'll take at UIndy.

University of Indianapolis General Education curriculum guide
Communication curriculum guide